2012 Chakana "Maipe Reserve" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1145039 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The same can be said for the 2012 Malbec Reserve, a 100% hand-harvested Malbec from the estate's finest vineyard parcels. Aged 12 months in French oak, it possesses a softer style than the Cabernet Sauvignon with more minerality as well as lots of blackberry, white chocolate, incense and graphite characteristics. Deep ruby/purple-hued, rich and full-bodied, it is a full-throttle, stunning Malbec to drink over the next 4-5 years. Maipe is one of my favorite value selections from Fran Kysela as the wines are exceptionally well-made, and sell for a song. Well-known in these pages, Fran Kysela runs a surprisingly large volume import business with a strong focus on value-priced wines from Southern France, Argentina, Australia, and Spain  (8/ 2013)

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By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/22/2013  | Send Email
Looking for a food friendly, balanced, juicy, approachable Malbec? Well the Maipe Malbec is just the ticket! I love that it has some acid and structure to balance out the juicy fruit. Its not over-oaked, or over-extracted. Lots of red and black fruit but is definitely a more of an elegant style. Perfect with chicken, pork, pasta, or just cocktailing!

By: Krista Johnson |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/18/2013  | Send Email
What a lovely, plush Malbec! Full bodied with a mega-ton of blackberries and blueberries, a soft cocoa/white chocolate mid-palate, finishing with a bit of pepper spice and a wee zing of minerality on the very end. This would pair so very well with your favorite comfort food. Examples? Pizza with roasted peppers and spicy sausage, or grilled cheese with tomato soup would be so very nice with this vino.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/17/2013  | Send Email
The Maipe is always a reliable middle styled Malbec. This strikes the right balance of silky texture and well portioned black fruit flavors. Notes of currant, licorice, chocolate and lavendar. If you are looking to take that next step up in quality for a delicious Malbec, this one's in the right direction.

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Varietal:

Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
Country:

Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14